Finally, Dredging stopped, Ships withdrawn

published on September 19, 2007

Chennai:Following the Supreme Court’s interim stay of the dredging work near Rameswaram for the Sethusamudram canal project, three ships involved in the work have been shifted out of the area, reports IANS

The court had stayed the dredging on Aug 31 on the plea of Janata Party leader Subramaniam Swamy that the government was planning to damage Ram Sethu between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Mannar in Sri Lanka, with the dredging.

The ships doing dredging at the Rameswaram area, nearly 500 km south of here, stopped work at 4 p.m. Monday after removing 35 million cubic feet of sand and silt in the Palk Straits for the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP).

The ships have moved 270 km north to Nagappattinam Tuesday.

Further, two supply ships that transported workers and material to the dredging site have also been ordered to move northwards.

SSCP officials are tight-lipped about the extent to which the Ram Sethu has been affected so far.

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